UPDATE: Little Mommy Cuddle and Coo Doll
I received the below email from Mattel regarding the Little Mommy Cuddle and Coo doll. We have all heard what it said and it has definately spurned some spirited discussion and debate. I, like so many others, know what I heard. In any event, here’s what Mattel says. Take it for what it’s worth:
Thank you for your recent e-mail in which you explain that you find the baby sounds of the Little Mommy Cuddle ‘n Coo ® doll upsetting. We assure you that our intention was purely to inspire children’s imaginations and creativity. It was certainly not our intention to have the baby cooing and giggling sounds represent any words other than “mama,” the one scripted word.
The Little Mommy Cuddle ‘n Coo ® doll’s “baby talk” was intended to encourage more realistic play with the doll. The Little Mommy Cuddle ‘n Coo ® doll allows young girls to play in a fun and nurturing way, and pretend to be a mommy.
Please be assured that:
-The Little Mommy Cuddle ‘n Coo dolls feature realistic baby sounds including sweet cooing, giggling and baby babble with no real sentence structure;
-The only scripted word that the doll actually says is “mama.” There is a sound that may resemble something close to the word “night, right, or light.” To avoid any potential misinterpretation, we have eliminated that segment of the sound file from future production.
-Because the original sound track is compressed into a file that can be played through an inexpensive toy speaker, the final sound may vary from the original recording.
We appreciate the time you took to let us know your thoughts and truly value your feelings relating to this product. We apologize if the baby sounds caused you concern and regret any misinterpretation that may have occurred.
Thank you again for your feedback regarding the Little Mommy Cuddle ‘n Coo doll.
Mattel Consumer Relations